The first week of July saw a new tradition beginning for our pupils as 39 Year 8 pupils and 4 (very brave) staff ventured over to Savio House in Cheshire for our first residential retreat. 

Savio House is a Youth Retreat Centre run by priests of the Salesian order and their team of youth volunteers.  Our pupils engaged in a retreat based around choices they make; what influences they face when making their choices and how they can discover what they truly want for themselves, their families and their lives. 

The pupils took part in several youth liturgies that included drama, dance, music and art.  All pupils participated in this fully.  They were taken on country walks, had a highly energetic disco, did lots of team building activities and played games.  As a teacher, I have to say that it was wonderful to see pupils properly playing – pool, air hockey, plate spinning, table tennis, football – there was always lots of activity, not a screen in sight and lots of happy faces. 

It was a great opportunity and they lived it to the full – I felt so proud of our pupils.  One girl said, ‘This is the best thing we’ve done at the school.’  I agree with her and have already booked next year for our new Year 8 cohort.  Hope to see lots of you there.